Israel! Cesarea, Megiddo, Nazareth, Galilee

We headed north from Jerusalem on our 7th day in Israel….with Cesarea the first stop. It was the capital city known as “little Rome”. Herod was appointed by the Romans to facilitate Roman rule in 22 BC. This is where Peter proclaimed the good news to the Roman centurion, Cornelius. This area could be the place Paul was sent for his trial in Acts 25.

The grand theater would most likely be where Herod Agrippa, Herod’s gandson, was announced (Acs 12),

and the hippodome sports arena

which even had public toilets….

the palace was built right on the Mediterranean Sea

with bathouse

and vaults (the bank of the day)

and surviving tile work

Lots of shells along the beach

and beautiful clear water! I think this place had the greatest ambiance and would make a great resort!! Complete with views of the Mediterranean Sea!
The synagogue,
Part of the ancient aquaduct still exists!

Camels along the road as we go north.

Megiddo sits in the Jezreel Valley, the location for the future gathering of the nations at Armageddon.

There have been 26 layers of cities found on this mound.

This tunnel /well was built by Ahab

The ancient route from Mesopetania to Egypt can be seen.

From the Mount of Precipice, we could view Nazareth

It was amazing to me that Nazareth is so close to this valley, the valley of Armegiddon! I did not realize that before.
Red roofs are old Nazareth,
Mt. Tabor

and the Jezreel Valley from the opposite side, looking toward Megiddo

We spent the night at Kibbutz Ginosar, right on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. A group from Tel-aviv settled here in 1934 and in spite of conflicts have survived, with “its uniqueness as a community of solidarity”.

Again, another wonderful buffet!! With lots of choices!

our room.

sunset view from the room,

We stayed here two nights, so was able to also get a sunrise as well!

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